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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonCheilanthes gracillima
Family common name(s)brake; brake-fern; brake fern; brakefern; cliff brake fern
Genus common name(s)cheilanthes; lip-fern; lip fern; lipfern
Species common name(s)lace cheilanthes; lace lip-fern; lace lip fern; lace lipfern
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalace fern, lace-fern, lacefern are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcMyriopteris gracillima (D.C. Eaton) J. Sm.; Allosorus gracillimus (D.C. Eaton) Farw.
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